Who was nice enough to let us in their home: Our wonderful friends, David and Rebecca. I met them when I was selling at the 57th St Antique Mall, and shortly after, they invited Mimomito to take a peek at their super awesome apartment in San Francisco. Since then, they’ve redefined their style and transformed their place into a more sophisticated, playful home.
Here is what they had to say from their original interview:
What they told us about the home:
David: It’s better on the inside than the outside.
Rebecca: We live in a two bedroom flat in a four unit Victorian building. What this truly means is a long hallway with lots of rooms lining that hallway.
Where is the home located:
David: On the border of Strollerberg and Hipsterville (Noe Valley/Dolores Heights, San Francisco).
When was the home built and when they moved in:
David: Built circa 1907, directly post-earthquake. Moved in January 2007.
Why they chose this home:
David: It had parking. And malleable character.
Rebecca: David was already living here when we decided to move in together. And his place was larger than mine at that time.
Photos by Jake Conroy
It’s been over a year since we last saw your home, what’s new?
D: Nothing is new. Everything we have is old. Room and Board has new furniture. You could try them.
R: She means what’s different. The decorating bug really stung us this year, so pretty much every room is different.
D: I thought it was the hoarding bug.
R: Probably, yes. But to answer your question, our pair of Italian MCM chairs with geometric cushions arrived a few months back. We got them at the Alameda Antique Faire from our friend Dennis who is a dealer there. We also have a reproduction George Nelson marshmallow sofa that we found on Craigslist, and our pretty nifty tiki lights in the kitchen (a gift from our friend Bev!)
Would you say your style has changed since then? If so, how and what new inﬂuences inspire you?
R: Looking back on last year’s photo shoot I feel that our collecting has matured.
D: Our collecting has matured into an illness. Like gambling, except there isn’t any winning involved.
R: We used to be into anything kitsch. The kitschier the better. We still love buying things that make us laugh, but our focus has shifted towards functionality and durability. Since I restore furniture, this means more to me than ever.
D: Mimomito inspires us. When we see the beautiful homes of others featured, with their comfortable and artful sense of arrangement, it reminds us how nice it is to be strategic in furnishing and less haphazard. Then we curse them bitterly for having taste and restraint that we lack.
R: Seriously, Jon & Jose’s feature last year inspired the wall of Starburst clocks in our bedroom. Of course, they were more subtle, only clustering a few clocks here and there instead of covering an entire wall as we did. But then, they are normal and not hoarders like us.
Do you have a favorite new addition?
D: I like the color organ, which is on one of the speakers in the front room. For you young’ns who don’t know what that is, it’s lights in a box with a corrugated plastic face. The different colors respond to low, middle and high frequencies from the speaker connector. We watched that while listening to ELO albums. It was our entertainment. Also, we had to walk ten miles in the snow back then, to get to school. Without shoes. And there was no such thing as breakfast.
R: I have been collecting Franciscan Starburst for a few years. I received a spoon rest as a gift recently. It made me happy.
D: We got a pair of really cool modern cube end tables with dark glass tops at Scout Living, which is the best place to shop on earth. Also we just (yesterday at Alameda) got a circa 1958 RCA Victor Deluxe television on a stand with wheels. We’re going to have a party so everyone can come over and watch static.
Since your last interview, have you found any new places to shop (in-store or online) that you’d like to share?
R: Our car now has a homing device set to Scout Living. We also end up going back to Sebastopol quite often, so it’s also a favorite.
D: We just went shopping in Chico for the ﬁrst time, and came back with some groovy lamps. And I got a gumball machine. There is also this site called eBay which has old stuff. The pickings are waning there though. Something about imminent implosion…
R: We should also mention Stuff since it wasn’t around when we were last featured. The turquoise metal cabinet in our bathroom was purchased there.
Is there a specific piece or item that you’re looking for that you still haven’t found? If so, what are you using instead?
R: I would love to ﬁnd a small Danish credenza that could be used as a cabinet to store David’s stereo equipment. Preferably one that has already been adapted for this purpose since I would hate to drill holes in a beautiful piece of furniture. Oh, and a Hans Wegner Bear chair.
D: I’m looking for a black ceramic hanging lamp, to replace the one I broke with my head. It looked like a beautiful black moon, hovering in the air, anchoring the one slender thread of purposeful decorating in the apartment. When it broke, I just kept looking down at the pieces on the floor with disbelief. Now we have a green and yellowish globe lamp in its place, which resembles a Death Star decorated with hearts. It’s no moon, though.
R: I really do not think David has been the same since he killed our lamp. Luckily, he’s hard headed.
What are things that are always on your radar for your home?
R: Plant stands particularly bullet planters and multicolor Formica stands. It has become a bit of an obsession for me. Now if only I had a green thumb.
D: I would like to find the ONE missing piece (white bishop) for the Austin Enterprises 1962 chess set. I also want a Wham-O Magic Window.
R: Drinking glasses with carriers. Tumblers, mainly. After clustering them on a bookshelf we realized how stylish they were, especially since each caddy is slightly different.
Tell us more about your collections.
D: They exist in a quantifiable state common to inanimate objects. Most (well, all) of the items in our collections are composed of molecules, which in turn consist of atoms of various types, depending on the compound(s) involved. It is possible that they are represented in an infinite number of parallel dimensions in forms that may or may not resemble what we collectively perceive. Should I tell them more, or is that good?
R: That’s probably good.
D: Also, some things are shiny.
R: Okay. We have started collecting soda advertisement memorabilia. It started after stumbling upon a collector’s retirement sale of advertisement clocks in Healdsburg a couple of years back. It has now expanded to include signs, bottles, and cans. Even with rust, each is a work of art. The funny thing is that we don’t even drink soda.
You sell at Stuff in San Francisco – how do you decide what to keep and what to sell?
R: The beauty of becoming MCM dealers is that we can proudly come out as non-committal hoarders. It has become a joke among our friends…
D: I still don’t have any friends.
R: Okay, a joke among my friends is that our apartment is ever changing. I have lost track of how many coffee tables circulated between our living room and Stuff. If we get bored with something we know it will eventually ﬁnd a new home. But to answer your question, I think the choice declares itself in time.
D: I’m working on a system for keeping everything and still generating sales revenue. It involves tracking all purchases and then hiring thugs to steal back what we’ve sold. This can only work if the cost of theft remains manageable. Does anyone want to buy a super nice pair of table lamps? Email me your info, and I’ll send you a photo.
In Haiku form, please tell me about your love for Mid Century Modern design.
Oh you pointy legs!
What ﬂame you ignite in hearts
R: Yeah, what he said.
Do you have any future goals for your home or as MCM dealers?
R: My aspiration is to transform our front sitting room into a swank lounge.
D: I’d like to write and produce a musical in which all of the characters are MCM pieces. When the spotlight hits that little dresser, and the sweeping ballad starts, the tears are gonna well up in your eyes.
Thanks so much to Rebecca and David for the constant support from the beginning. We <3 you!
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